Friday, September 26, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Sept. 26

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Sept. 26, 2014
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o San Francisco-Based Skillz Raises $6 Million in Venture Debt and Equity
Mountain View-Based Symantec Names Michael Brown as CEO
San Francisco-Based MemSQL Lands Investment from In-Q-Tel
Foster City's Clarus Ventures Targets $50 Million for Third Fund
FAA Approves Use of Drones on Movie Sets in "Milestone" Ruling
Briefly Noted: Uber - Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Ballet


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o San Francisco-Based Skillz Raises $6 Million in Venture Debt and Equity

San Francisco -- Skillz, the San Francisco-based developer of a mobile e-sports competition platform, said on Friday it has raised $6 million in a new round of funding in a mix of venture debt and equity. Atlas Venture led the round, which the company will use to launch a multi-million dollar user acquisition program, designed to help developers attract new players to their games. Andrew Paradise, the founder and CEO of Skillz, said the funding "brings our industry one step closer to the inevitable future of a tournament system in every mobile game." Skillz currently pays out more than $10,000 daily in tournament prizes and operates more than 50,000 competitions a day across hundreds of mobile titles. 

o Mountain View-Based Symantec Names Michael Brown as CEO

Mountain View, Calif. -- Symantec, the Mountain View-based Internet security giant, has named Michael Brown as its new CEO, after he had served as the company's interim president and CEO since March. He had taken over following the firing of former CEO Steve Bennett. The company said it had explored more than 100 qualified candidates before settling on Brown, the former chairman and CEO of Quantum who joined Symantec's board following its merger with Veritas Software in 2005. "The board ran a robust and diligent global CEO search over the last six months, during which we received interest from world-class candidates, including current and former CEOs and technology leaders from successful public companies," said David Mahoney, head of the board's CEO search committee. "Mike went through this same rigorous process and distinguished himself among the candidates." 

o San Francisco-Based MemSQL Lands Investment from In-Q-Tel

San Francisco -- MemSQL, a San Francisco-based provider of big data analytics based on a distributed in-memory database, said it has landed a new investment from In-Q-Tel (IQT), a venture fund backed by the CIA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Y Combinator company said the investment will generate new market opportunities for its in-memory distributed database with government customers. The technology is designed to let clients, such as Comcast, Ziff Davis, Shutterstock and Zynga, to quickly capture, store and query hundreds of terabytes of data. Eric Frenkiel, the co-founder and CEO of MemSQL, said In-Q-Tel's investment "reflects the deep interest in big data analytics that we're seeing among several industries, including federal." 

o Foster City's Clarus Ventures Targets $50 Million for Third Fund

Foster City, Calif. -- Clarus Ventures, a Massachusetts-based venture capital firm with West Coast offices in Foster City, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise a new investment fund, the firm's third, targeted to raise an estimated $50 million. Clarus is a life sciences venture capital firm that focuses on the biopharmaceutical and medical device arenas. Founded in 2005, the firm manages $1.2 billion of assets across two funds, and has have invested in more than 50 private and public companies in the biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic spaces. 

o FAA Approves Use of Drones on Movie Sets in "Milestone" Ruling

Washington, DC -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday took a major step toward allowing the commercial use of drones, permitting the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on movie and TV sets. The agency granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the decision "a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight." With companies such as Amazon looking to significantly bolster the use of drones, however, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said it would like to see even further action. "We urge the FAA to expedite an appropriate regulatory framework for this nascent category," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA. "Time is of the essence. As the U.S. remains stuck on the ground developing rules for these robots-on-wings, the rest of the world is moving forward in putting these unmanned aircraft to work in life-altering ways." The CEA expects the global market for consumer drones to approach $300 million by 2018. 

o Briefly Noted:

(San Francisco) The NBA's Sacramento Kings said they have become the first professional sports franchise to integrate the on-demand car service of San Francisco-based Uber into their mobile app. Fans with iOS mobile devices will be able to access Uber in the "Going to the Game" or "Transportation" section of the Kings app by Oct. 29. An Android version will be available in mid-November.

(San Francisco) The San Francisco Ballet said it will open its ”virtual doors" for a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsal as part of Wednesday's first-ever World Ballet Day. The company said the four-hour web broadcast, which also will include four other companies, will highlight its diverse repertory, and allow viewers to submit questions to dancers through Twitter. 

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Mode Media is a leading vertical social media company with the largest online global reach in lifestyle and among the top 10 of the Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. venture-backed companies. The Sr. Manager, External Reporting has primary responsibility for all external reporting and compliance. This includes SEC reporting as well as all other regulatory agencies. This position will also act as coordination of any requirements globally. This person will work with the Corporate Accounting Group to provide assistance with the Company’s audit requirements and management of the public accounting firm (E&Y) during the quarterly and annual review/audit process. The manager helps build and maintain a “World Class” accounting and operations service and support organization. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA required. 10 years’ experience, with at least 5 years of experience at public accounting firm, Big 4 preferred and 2 yrs experience as SEC reporting manager. Strong project management, leadership, relationship development and people management skills. Results orientation with an ability to manage the overall project, collaborate with different individuals across the organization and at target companies. To Apply:

> CyberMaryland 2014 Conference – Oct. 29-30 - Baltimore Convention Center

Collaborate, Educate and Innovate at the fourth annual CyberMaryland 2014 Conference October 29-30th at the Baltimore Convention Center, One W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. A two-day event of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials from across the nation and globe will convene in Maryland—the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity. Network with nationally known speakers and entrepreneurs, join flash talks and pitch forums, attend sessions on commercialization and product ventures and Job Fair. Registration also includes National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and MaryLand of Opportunity Night. Please visit Send inquiries to or (800) 878-2940

> Interop New York - Attend NY's Biggest IT Event - Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Interop is the leading independent technology conference and expo designed to inform and inspire the world’s IT community. Featured conference topics include IT Management & Career Development, Software-Defined Networking & Data Centers, Enterprise Mobility, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Security and more. Attend Interop New York, September 29-October 3, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Special Offer for New England Tech Wire Subscribers: Save $200 off Conference Passes or get a FREE Expo Pass! Register today. Send inquiries to

> Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US

Current Analysis is seeking to recruit a Senior Analyst to join the Consumer Services US team contributing to Current Analysis' existing capabilities and coverage in the US mobile, fixed and converged providers of consumer’s services. The ideal candidate will have exceptional knowledge of the key US wireless players, service portfolios and strategies, with strong knowledge in the following areas: Mobile data, WiFi calling, carrier-OTT partnerships, the MVNO competitive landscape and emerging innovation in the areas of carrier-branded VAS. Qualified candidates should have relevant market knowledge as well as a proven ability to analyze companies their services portfolios and corporate marketing positions. 5+ years professional experience as an analyst, technical writer, journalist, marketing or product management in IT, telecoms or related fields. Experience in tracking and analyzing Consumer Services in the US. Proven written, verbal and interpersonal skills in English required. Proven public event and/or sales presentation experience. Effective prioritization and time management skills. Able to work independently from home office and travel moderately within the US. Bachelor’s Degree required. Current Analysis offers competitive compensation packages and benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k). We are an Equal Employment Opportunity organization. To learn more about Current Analysis, please visit us at Send resumes to

> Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco

Seeking dynamic leader to manage $22.5 million division budget and staff of 75. An exciting civil service career opportunity to match system management expertise to improve client’s quality of life and customer experience through technology. Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of increasingly responsible experience with at least 3 years of management experience is required. Salary range up to $174,382 plus outstanding benefits and retirement. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquires welcomed to Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Apply online at

> EnMasse Design - Bay Area Product Design Studio

Founded in 2002, EnMasse Design is a design studio specializing in industrial design, mechanical engineering, product development and user interface design. We have experience in designing a range of products from small hand held devices to large systems. We're located in Mountain View. Industrial design / innovation / mechanical engineering / user interface design / human factors and ergonomics / injection molding / snap fits / sheetmetal / castings / machined components / formed plastics / class A surfaces / Solidworks / mechanisms / GD&T / system engineering / Dfx / analyses / electrical engineering/Medical / biotech / consumer / telecom / industrial. Send inquires to Jeff Gamelsky, Principal;; Phone:(650)303-1782

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